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  1. The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity
  2. Human Race / Humanity...
  3. Human Nature
  4. Empathy / Humanity
  5. Holy Man / Saint
  6. Mermaid / Merman
  7. Live for What You Love
  8. Life in Balance / Balancing Life
  9. Forgiveness
10. Ichigo
11. Life Goes On
12. Life is Short
13. Relax
14. Sword of Death
15. Pain
16. Kansei Engineering...
17. Goodness / Good Deed
18. Fire and Water Have No Mercy
19. Body
20. Enjoy Life
21. Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs
22. Mermaid
23. Siddhartha


The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity

China rén dào
Japan jindou
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This is literally the "The Way of Being Human", or "The Human Way". It can also be translated as "humanity".

This word has a secondary meaning of "sidewalk" as in "the way for people to walk" (in Japanese and Korean only). But as calligraphy artwork, nobody will read it with that translation.

Please note that there are two ways to Romanized Dao or Tao as in Daoism = Taoism. It's the same word in Chinese.

Human Race / Humanity
Mankind

China rén lèi
Japan jinrui
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This is the way to say mankind or humankind in Chinese. It's kind of the "animal title" for human. This is the word you would use if you said this phrase in Chinese, "Mammals include dolphins, monkeys, dogs, and humans among others".

This is a weird selection for a calligraphy wall scroll. But a customer begged me to add this word.

Human Nature

China rén xìng
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This is the essence of what it means to act and be human. These two characters refer to the way we are as people.

This is also sometimes translated as human personality, human instinct, humanity, or humanism.

The first character literally means human or people. The second most-closely means nature.

Empathy / Humanity

China rén qíng
Japan ninjou
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This title can apply to a lot of meanings including: humanity; empathy; kindness; sympathy; human nature; human emotions; human interaction.

Holy Man / Saint

China shèng rén
Japan seijin
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This can mean saint, sage, or holy man.

Note: There is more than one way to express this idea. This one really matches "Holy man" because the second character means "human" or "person" (therefore, this could equally mean "Holy woman").

Mermaid / Merman

(Unisex)
China rén yú
Japan nin gyo
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This is the Japanese Kanji, Korean Hanja and Chinese word for "merman" or "mermaid".

It literally means "human fish".

This is a non-gender-specific or unisex word in all three languages.

Live for What You Love

Japanese
Japan jin sei ou ka
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This means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living". The last two characters mean, "merit", "prosperity", or "what you enjoy". This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).


See Also...  Prosperity

Life in Balance / Balancing Life

The art of balancing your life
China píng héng rén shēng
Japan hei kou jin sei
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This title suggests that you are actively trying to keep your life in balance. Think of this as being the action-verb of seeking or having a balanced life.

The first two characters mean balance, equilibrium or keeping things equal.

The last two characters mean "life". Literally "human life".

Forgiveness

China shù
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This character means forgive, show mercy, absolve, or excuse in Chinese and Korean Hanja (though mostly used in compound words in Korean).

This character incorporates the pictogram of a heart at the bottom, and a woman and a mouth at the top. The heart portion has the most significance, as it is suggested that it is the heart's nature to forgive.
In Asian culture, as with most other cultures, forgiveness is an act of benevolence and altruism. In forgiving, you put yourself in someone else's shoes and show them the kindness that you would want them to show you. Confucius referred to this quality as "human-heartedness".

Ichigo

Japanese animation character
Japan ichi go
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This is Ichigo as in 黒崎一護 (Kurosaki Ichigo) the Japanese animation character who is part human, but with transient Shinigami powers.

Life Goes On

Japanese
Japan jin sei ha tsudu ku
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This is a Japanese phrase that expresses, "Life Goes On".

The first two characters mean "life" (literally "human life").
The third character is a particle which connects the ideas in this phrase.
The last two characters mean "to continue", "to last", "to go on", "to occur again and again".

Life is Short

Even a 100-year-old is but a traveller passing through this life
China bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
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This literally translates as: [Even a] hundred-year-old [person] is [just a] traveler passing by.

The simple message is, "Human life is short". Of course, there is an unspoken suggestion that you should make the best of the time you have here on earth.

Life is Short

Japanese only
Japan jinsei ha mijikai
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This is "life is short" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death); human life, living, lifetime.
は (ha/wa) particle (means "is" in this case).
短い (mijikai) short.

Relax

Chill Out
China fàng sōng
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This means to relax in Chinese.

In most cases it's used to suggest that a person "relax", "hang loose" or "chill out".

In context where this word is not applied to a human, it can mean to loosen, as in to loosen a knot in a rope.

Sword of Death

Japan satsu jin ken
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This is a Japanese title for "Death Sword", "Life Taking Sword" or "satsujinken". This is the opposite of katsujinken, or the "life saving sword". This title is not as commonly-used in Japanese, but pairs well when hung with katsujinken.

The first two Kanji are a word that translates as homicide; to murder; to kill (a person). This is specifically to kill a person (as the second character means person or human) as opposed to an animal, etc.

The last Kanji is the Japanese variant of the originally-Chinese character for sword.


See Also...  Katsujinken

Pain

ache / sorrow
China tòng
Japan tsuu / ita
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This word means pain in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. It also means pain/hurt/bruise in Japanese, but is seldom seen as a single Kanji (usually at least a Hiragana is added to make the word "itai" which is what a Japanese person will scream when they are in pain).

Depending on context, this word can mean hurt, ache, sorrow, or refer to damage to a human body. As a single character, the possible meanings are very open - so you can decide what it means to you, as long as the general meaning is still "painful".


See Also...  Hurt

Kansei Engineering
Sense Engineering

China gǎn xìng gōng xué
Japan kansei kougaku
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In short, kansei engineering involves collecting data on human experiences with a product, and then designing or engineering improvements based on those experiences or "senses". Some may define this as "engineering around the human experience".

There is a lot more to know about kansei, but if you are looking for this word, you probably already know the big picture.

Note: This term is very new in China, and only used by businesses, factories, and engineers that are implementing TQM principles. While the characters have the same base meaning in both languages, this is really a Japanese title that is flowing back into the Chinese language (in history, most things flowed from China to Japan). To a Chinese person that is not familiar with this concept, they may interpret this as "sense vocational studies", which doesn't make much sense. You may have to explain the intended meaning to some Chinese viewers. But that can make it a great conversation piece.

This is also a newer term in Korean, and is only used in certain parts of industry, with the definition of "Sensory Engineering". Not yet in widespread use in Korea.


See Also...  Kaizen

Goodness / Good Deed

China shàn
Japan zen
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This word means goodness, virtue, good deed, charitable, benevolent, well-disposed, nice, pleasant, kind, or simply, "good".

This is the kind of good that applies to someone's good character, or a good person in general.

Referring to someone with this word means that they have a well-aimed moral compass, are charitable, giving, wise, and honest. Basically this is a blanket statement for every good trait a human can have, or all the things that makes someone good.

In other context, it can mean to improve or perfect something or refer to someone who is good at something.

Fire and Water Have No Mercy

China shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
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This Chinese proverb means, "fire [and] water have-not mercy". This serves to remind us that the forces of nature are beyond human control.

Some may also translation this as, "implacable fate".

Body

China shēn
Japan mi
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This is how to write "body" as in your human body, in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja. Depending on context and certain language issues, this character can also mean: main part, hull, oneself, somebody, person, I, me, sword, lifetime, one's station in life, etc.

While this written word is universal in three languages, it still makes a rather odd selection for a wall scroll. Also, they tend to use 体 (karada) in Japanese for body (depending on context).


See Also...  Karada

Enjoy Life

Japanese only
Japan jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
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This is one way to write "enjoy life" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death) human lifetime, living.
を (o) connecting particle.
楽しみ (tanoshimi) enjoyment; pleasure; anticipation; looking forward to.
に (ni) connecting particle.
し (shi) to do; to cause; to become; to make (into).
て (te) connecting particle.
いる (iru) indicates continuing action or resulting state.

Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

Eiko-Seisui
Japan ei ko sei sui
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This Japanese proverb can be translated as, "flourish and wither, prosper and perish", "life is full of fortune and misfortune", or simply "vicissitudes of life".

This is about the rise and fall of human affairs, or the ups and downs of life. Prosperity comes and goes, everything is fleeting and temporary, but like waves, another swell of prosperity may come.

Here's how the Kanji break down in this proverb:
栄 = prosper. thrive. flourish. boom.
枯 = wither. die.
盛 = prosperous. flourishing. thriving. successful. active. energetic. vigorous. lively. enthusiastic. popular.
衰 = become weaker. decline. get weak. die down. subside. abate. fail.


Notes:
榮The original version of the first character looks like the image to the right. In modern Japan, they simplified that Kanji a bit into the version shown above. If you have a preference for which style is used for your calligraphy, please let me know when you place your order.

Apparently, with that original version of the first character, this is also used in Korean Hanja. However, I have not confirmed that it's used in the same way or is widely-known in Korean. Korean pronunciation shown above for reference only.

Mermaid

China měi rén yú
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This is the Chinese word for mermaid.

It literally means "beautiful human fish".

Siddhartha

China xī dá duō
Japan shiddatta / shiddaruta
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This is the name Siddhartha (as in Siddhartha Gautama), the personal name for Śākyamuni.

This same Buddha is also known as "Shakyamuni Gautama", "Gotama Buddha", or "Tathagata".

Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent who founded Buddhism. He is generally seen by Buddhists as the Supreme Buddha (Sammāsambuddha) of known human history.

The actual meaning of this name in Chinese is the realization of all aims, or simply being prosperous.


This name is sometimes romanized from the original Sanskrit or Pali as Siddhattha (from Siddhattha Gotama), Siddharth, Siddhārtha, or Sarvāthasiddha.

Siddhārtha or Sarvāthasiddha can also be written as 悉達, 悉多, 悉多頞他, or 悉陀.


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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity人道
人道
jindou
jindo
rén dào
ren dao
jen tao
ren2 dao4
rendao
Human Race / Humanity / Mankind人类
人類
jinruirén lèi
ren lei
jen lei
ren2 lei4
renlei
Human Nature人性
人性
n/arén xìng
ren xing
jen hsing
ren2 xing4
renxing
Empathy / Humanity人情
人情
ninjou
ninjo
rén qíng
ren qing
jen ch`ing
ren2 qing2
renqing
jenching
jen ching
Holy Man / Saint圣人
聖人
seijinshèng rén
sheng ren
sheng jen
sheng4 ren2
shengren
Mermaid / Merman人鱼
人魚
nin gyo
ningyo
rén yú
ren yu
jen yü
ren2 yu2
renyu
Live for What You Love人生謳歌
人生謳歌
jin sei ou ka
jinseiouka
jin sei o ka
n/a
Life in Balance / Balancing Life平衡人生
平衡人生
hei kou jin sei
heikoujinsei
hei ko jin sei
píng héng rén shēng
ping heng ren sheng
p`ing heng jen sheng
ping2 heng2 ren2 sheng1
pinghengrensheng
pinghengjensheng
ping heng jen sheng
Forgiveness
n/ashù
shu
shu4
Ichigo一護
一護
ichi go
ichigo
n/a
Life Goes On人生は続く
人生は続く
jin sei ha tsudu ku
jinseihatsuduku
n/a
Life is Short百岁光阴如过客
百歲光陰如過客
n/abǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
bai sui guang yin ru guo ke
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo k`o
bai3 sui4 guang1 yin1 ru2 guo4 ke4
baisuiguangyinruguoke
paisuikuangyinjukuoko
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo ko
Life is Short人生は短い
人生は短い
jinsei ha mijikai
jinseihamijikai
n/a
Relax放松
放鬆
n/afàng sōng
fang song
fang sung
fang4 song1
fangsong
Sword of Death杀人剣
殺人剣
satsu jin ken
satsujinken
n/a
Pain
tsuu / ita
tsu / ita
tòng
tong
t`ung
tong4
tung
tung
Kansei Engineering
Sense Engineering
感性工学
感性工學
kansei kougaku
kanseikougaku
kansei kogaku
gǎn xìng gōng xué
gan xing gong xue
kan hsing kung hsüeh
gan3 xing4 gong1 xue2
ganxinggongxue
Goodness / Good Deed
zenshàn
shan
shan4
Fire and Water Have No Mercy水火无情
水火無情
n/ashuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui huo wu qing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shuihuowuqing
shuihuowuching
shui huo wu ching
Body
mishēn
shen
shen1
Enjoy Life人生を楽しみにしている
人生を楽しみにしている
jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i run/a
Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs荣枯盛衰
栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰
ei ko sei sui
eikoseisui
n/a
Mermaid美人鱼
美人魚
n/aměi rén yú
mei ren yu
mei jen yü
mei3 ren2 yu2
meirenyu
Siddhartha悉达多
悉達多
shiddatta / shiddarutaxī dá duō
xi da duo
hsi ta to
xi1 da2 duo1
xidaduo

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